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Graphics card for a X58 system

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Ok, I'm building a computer for my friend, it's got X58 board which is SLI capable, 920 i7, ect. The graphics card budget is about £300-£500. What should I get?
 

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Gtx 285/295
 
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Maybe 4870 X 2 or dual 4850 X 2's if he were to go the ATI route?
 
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4870x2 FTW!
 
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Is the board both SLI and Crossfire capable? I heard some weren't.

I'd get two GTX 280s. He should be fine with those. Start with one and get another if he isn't happy. :p
 

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GTX 295 is my suggestions ~ however I am bias>>
Had two 4870's in Crossfire and was dissapointed with their performance. I am amazed with the performance with the 295 :roll:

If you cannot afford the 295, go with the 285 ~ I find the NVIDIA drivers to currently be superior to the ATI drivers (personal opinion after three years of owning ATI GPU's).
 
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I have been asking myself the exact same question, and as much as I think I should go with two 280s (Buy one and then the other to save spending money all at once)
But I just don't think I will be satisfied personally unless I get a 4870x2 :/ And I don't know why.
So I say go for a 4870x2 :)
 

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295 all the way...beats having to install so many cards...
 

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4870 X2's are cheaper and the performance is negligible.
 
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I'd say Quad 4850 if hes got the money to spend there shouldnt be too much of a prob getting them in there..i have a antec 900 myself they look roomy enuff
 

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I wouldn't get more than two cards honestly. I would imagine it's a pain in the ass to get setup and it's been proven that 4 GPU's perform about the same as 3.
 
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I vote GTX285. Very good for the money. An even better deal is the 4850x2 but u'll have to deal with driver problems for a while.
 

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I have do say GTX 295
 

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I vote GTX285. Very good for the money. An even better deal is the 4850x2 but u'll have to deal with driver problems for a while.
The driver problems are gone as it's now an official SKU in the 9.1 and 9.2 drivers and it's going to be supported from now on.
 

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4870 X2's are cheaper and the performance is negligible.
Sorry - but I disagree with you :toast:

Plus as I stated ealier ~ it is my opinion that Nvidia drivers are better.
 
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It depends on the monitor being used.........

If talking single GPU, I'd go either cheapest GTX 285 or 260 Core 216.
If talking dual GPU, I'd go either GTX 295, or a pair of cheap GTX 260's.

Cheapest GTX 260(192 core) is $200, 2=$400
on Newegg
OOS cheapest GTX 295 is $500 on Newegg
For about $470, you can get 2 XFX GTX 260 Core 216's on Newegg
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Cheapest GTX 280 is around $325, 2=$650 on Newegg

Cheapest GTX 285 is around $350, 2=$700 on newegg

.....I agree w/ HammerON about Nvidia drivers. Well, maybe they're not "better", but they're easier to follow(in use and which is latest).
 

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i would not go with quad cards... just unnecessary. Go with a 4870x2! They are cheaper than the 295's and not worse by much. But hey 295's are great so you could get one of them too. Either way, get a card with 2 gpu's on one so you don't have to worry about spacial issues
 
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get a gtx 280 as because of the gtx 285, these are cheaper than ever now and when games struggles, get another and if the mobo is 3 way sli capable, GET ANOTHER MORE!
 

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Just one GTX 295 will do what you want and then some.
 

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ohhh.. I got it.. I think he should crossfire 2 4870X2's and buy a GTX 295 for PhysX.... :p
 
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Dual 285's and OC!
 
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a 4870x2/Gtx-295